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Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas

Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas

Adaptation and Context

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Anders Örtenblad

Over time management ideas and panaceas have been presented alternately as quick fix cures for all corporate ills and the emperor’s new clothes, beset by flaws and problems. This Handbook provides a different approach, suggesting that management ideas and panaceas should not be either adopted or rejected outright, but gives guidance in the art of assessing and applying management ideas and panaceas to various situations and contexts.

Chapter 2: The anatomy of managerial panaceas: ontology, epistemology and technology

Paul Lillrank

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, organisation studies, strategic management


Business administration deals with phenomena observed, described, conceptualized and exploited in purposeful managerial action. On occasions such findings and ensuing principles expand to claim universal applicability, turning into panaceas. Panaceas can be analyzed by scrutinizing the ontological integrity of the core concept, by explicating the associated metrics, and by testing the efficacy of the proposed technologies of managerial action.

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